Zinoro, Toyota, VW, FOMM, Electra Meccanica, Electric Vehicle Index.
First images of the Zinoro 60H: Being a joint venture between Brilliance and BMW, the Chinese brand’s plug-in SUV definitely shares some DNA with the X1. The Zinoro 60H with 60 km of purely electric range replaces the fully-electric 1E, which was based on the previous generation of the BMW X1.
Prius Plug-in from 34,495 euros? Toyota now offers the next generation of its plug-in hybrid. In the Netherlands, the PHEV with an all-electric range of 35 km will be about 15 percent more expensive than the hybrid version without plug. Whether it will have the same price tag in other EU countries remains to be seen.
insideevs.com, autovisie.nl (in Dutch)
Passat GTE from 36,525 pounds: The Volkswagen hybrid has been priced in the UK. Its 9.9 kWh battery pack is said to store enough energy to push the VW as far as 50 km purely electric. As the Passat GTE qualifies for the 2,500 pound OLEV grant, the starting price even drops to 34,025 pounds.
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Getting ready for market introduction: Japanese company FOMM (First One Mile Mobility) wants to introduce its first EV made in Thailand by the end of the year. The four-seater is said to cost the equivalent of 8,625 dollars and its batteries can be charged at home or be replaced at service stations.
Solo is coming: Canadian Electra Meccanica has announced its electric three-wheeler Solo for September 9th. Pricing is said to start at 19,888 Canadian dollars (15,150 USD). The 8,64 kWh Li-ion battery allows for a maximum range of 160 km, while top speed is set at 220 kph.
China takes over production lead: According to the McKinsey Electric Vehicle Index, China is now the most important country in terms or churning out EVs, pushing Japan into second place. Germany still holds the third position, but is said to have the most potential. It could therefore take the lead in the coming five years.
mckinsey.de (in German)
Hyundai, Kia, Oslo, FOMM, Zero Motorcycles, Chevrolet.
Hyundai plug-in near: The Sonata plug-in hybrid is set to hit its home market already this July, the Korean carmaker announced. It would thus coincide with the newly expanded subsidies that now also include PHEVs (we reported). Nothing has been said on when the hybrid model will be exported.
Kia’s very own hybrid: New spy shots have emerged, showing a heavily camouflaged Kia PHEV dubbed the “Prius fighter,” as it is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid solely designed to be (partially) electric. The new pictures show the upcoming Kia as a crossover rather than a limousine.
Bad days for diesel: Diesel vehicles will be banned from Oslo’s roads if the Norwegian capital suffers from two consecutive days of high air pollution, city council says. Each ban has to be approved by the NPRA (Norwegian Public Roads Administration), while emergency, delivery and other vehicles will be exempt.
vg.no (in Norwegian)
JV partner wanted: Japanese FOMM (First One Mile Mobility) has developed a prototype of a small EV to be made in Thailand, where it is now looking for partners to set up production. The electric city car is set to launch in 2017 and might make it to Europe in the future as it complies with the L7e standard.
Cheaper electric motorcycles: Zero Motorcycles says is cutting the price of its whole 2015 range of electric motorcycles by 1,350 dollars in the U.S. The reason is not low demand but lower battery costs, which the company wants its customers to benefit from, too.
2016 Volt pricing: Chevrolet has announced the price for the upcoming next-gen Volt for Canada, where it will be available from 38,390 dollars (MSRP) plus a 1,600 dollar destination freight charge, bringing the total up to 39,990 CAD (32,800 USD). This means GM is making its new Volt only slightly cheaper (105 CAD) than the outgoing model.
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Fomm, Johnson Controls, BMW, Graphene.
Flood-proof electric car: Japanese company Fomm has developed a water-resistant electric car which in case of an emergency would be able to float and even move thanks to water-jet generators. Also, with only 2.49 metres in length the manufacturer claims that the ‘Concept One’ is the world’s smallest electric 4-seater. Prices will start at 1 million yen (9,800 dollars, battery excluded).
Keeping cool: Johnson Controls, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) want to develop a new cooling system for EV-batteries. Initially, the trio will focus on a 48-volt micro-hybrid battery.
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Two ENGEL moulding machines for BMW: The two large-scale machines will be delivered to BMW’s production plant in Leipzig, where the same technology is already being used to manufacture body shell components for the BMW i3. Both machines can be synchronised to produce identical components at the same time, ensuring the same material aging process.
Superconducting graphene: Researchers at Stanford University and University College of London (UCL) have discovered that graphene in combination with calcium turns into a superconductor. When studying samples of CaC6, they found that the interaction between the two is what increases conductivity.